Dissemination and Benefits of a Replicable Tai Chi and Qigong Program for Older Adults

Roger A. Jahnke, Linda Larkey, Carol Rogers

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Tai Chi and Qigong (TCQG) show promise for improving many health outcomes and are recommended for dissemination to older adults. A simplified, easy-to-replicate version of TCQG, " Tai Chi Easy," was tested using a train-the-trainer method to demonstrate feasibility of dissemination to a widespread population of older adults through community sites and achievement of perceived outcomes. Nonexpert facilitators known as " practice leaders" were trained to implement Tai Chi Easy sessions at 18 sites across the United States. Outstanding facilitator (100%) and participant (94%) adherence was achieved. With 330 completers, mean age 73 years, significant improvements were found for participants' perceived stress levels (P = .003). Sleep quality and energy/vitality were markedly improved. Eighty-nine percent enjoyed the program, 91% were committed to continue, and 67% stated that they had increased their weekly levels of physical activity. A train-the-facilitator model for Tai Chi Easy is easily disseminated to older adults and may promote a sustainable alternative exercise, yielding favorable quality of life benefits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)272-280
Number of pages9
JournalGeriatric Nursing
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology


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